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going to happen. health complications. >> fred, thanks so much from cairo. and now on to afghanistan where for the second time in less than a week, an assassination has claimed the life of a senior afghan official. barbara starr joins us now from washington. the key ally was assassinated in his home west of kabul today. this man is the former of the province and a key ally of the karzai government. now, as you say, this is the second one in just a few days. of course, earlier the half-brother was assassinated in kandahar, southern afghanistan. all of this comes, of course, as we are seeing the first u.s. troops begin to come home from the war zone. we are seeing the beginning of the turnover to afghan security control in afghanistan and tomorrow general david petraeus scheduled to give up his command to the next general coming in from the united states to command the war. things are moving very rapidly in afghanistan but the security situation certainly remains very tenuous. fred? >> barbara starr in washington, thanks so much. let's go to kabul where we find david. what are you lear
. >>> in afghanistan, the powerful half brother of afghan president hamid karzai was assassinated today at his home in the southern city of kandahar. officials say he was killed by a trusted guard. the suspect was then killed by other guards. the taliban says the shooter was working for them. ahmed wali karzai was accused by the u.s. and local afghans of being involved in the drug trade and other illegal activities. president karzai spoke to reporters about two hours after the shooting, saying only that quote, this is the life of the afghan people, this sorrow is in every afghan home. >>> high above earth, a final walk in space. these are live pictures that we are bringing to all of you. two crew members of the international space station, you see it here, venturing out on the last space walk of nasa's space shuttle era. absolutely breathtaking. the two floated over the yucatan peninsula. take a look at these live pictures. their job today is to recover a broken pump and stow it in the cargo bay of shuttle "atlantis" which docked with the space station on sunday. the space walk was scheduled to las
pilots in afghanistan or "3" for pit bull painter. the winning story airs next hour. >>> are they ready for some football? that's the question right now as nfl owners meet in atlanta to try to end a four-month lockout. a key vote could break the stalemate. our david mattingly is on the story. >> reporter: who gets how much of $9 billion in annual revenue? the numbers are so big, nfl fans in a tough economy had a tough time keeping score. >> 10% unemployment in the country, right? us poor folks scrapping and scraping to get by. come on. it's billionaires against millionaires, right? can you not meet in the middle somewhere? >> reporter: in march, with owners and players reportedly $800 million apart, the owners voted for lockout. even the president had something to say about it. >> my working assumption at a time when people are having to cut back, compromise and worry about making the mortgage and, you know, paying for their kids' college education is that the two parties should be able to work it out. >> reporter: the owners came to the table with three main demand. give players a smal
for something we want to show you, show you what some of our troops are going through in afghanistan. one of our correspondents embedded with the troops there, caught in the middle of a firefight. that is next. different jobs... ♪ ...different challenges. ♪ different opportunities. ♪ so why would universities stay the same? ♪ university of phoenix, because an educated world is a better world. universi♪ of phoenix, ♪ ♪ ♪ introducing purina one beyond a new food for your cat or dog. when someone changes lanes without warning? or when you're distracted? when you're falling asleep at the wheel? do you know how you'll react? lexus can now precisely test the most unpredictable variable in a car -- the driver. when you pursue perfection, you don't just engineer the world's most advanced driving simulator. you engineer amazing. ♪ >>> 16 minutes past the hour now. they are surrounded by enemy fighters, have to be on constant watch. troops at the u.s. outpost are there to battle taliban coming in from afghanistan. >> reporter: kunar in eastern afghanistan is some of the toughest terrain
, the which he and debt crisis are weighing heavily on u.s. troops in afghanistan. and the top question on their minds saturday, even as bombings rock the city around them, was the top u.s. military officer couldn't answer. a question he couldn't answer. will we -- these are soldiers in afghanistan with bombs bursting around them and here is what the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said. and i quote, i actually don't know the answer to that question. i noknow mike mcmullen responde while at the same time saying continuing to work each day, wearing the uniform, listening to bombs go off around them. that's why today we have with us some -- what is referred to you by you press folks as real people. i guess we're not. we have students like laura and sydney, veterans like bill and roger and carlos, arianna, who is a senior, guillermo, who say senior, lucia, a senior, felicia is a senior, mary ellen is a senior, alisa is a senior, they're here representing the millions of people around this country who are as brave as the soldiers on the front lines in afghanistan. we don't have time f
in afghanistan today. he says since killing osama bin laden the u.s. has al qaeda in his words on the run. his first trip to the war zone comes during his first full week on the job. >>> the dalai lama is in washington, d.c. today, beginning a ten-day spiritual ritual with thousands gathered on the west lawn of the u.s. capital. the leader of tibetan buddhism said the journey to world peace starts with individual peace of mind. >> try to create calm mind, peaceful mind and that creates our own community. that's the way to change society. >> the chinese government is taking a dim view of the dalai lama's visit to washington. it dismissed him as a political exile engaging in tibetan separatist activities under the guise of religion. >>> the final edition of the news of the world is due out in a few hours from now. rupert murdoch is expected to arrive in london to deal with the hacking scandal that forced the paper to shut down. journalists are accused of illegally tapping into the voice mails of crime victims and bribing police. >>> across america, people are remembering betty ford for her resil
they get to afghanistan. we want you to listen and watch some of the things that we saw when we went there. >> the wounds appear to be superficial. >> 15 up, and ten minutes back. category a, priority one. >> reporter: every day, dozens of trauma patients are wheeled here. this man came from multiple stab wounds. but right alongside the civilian trauma doctors, nurses and techs, military personnel. >> the injuries that i have treated here and see here at this hospital are the closest thing to the injuries that i saw in iraq that i experienced in the continental of the united states. i have had a gentleman whose entire scalp was torn off in an industrial accident, and i have an individual who was now involved in a motor vehicle accident, and we have to rerecrate the skull like we have to do in an ied blast. >> if you suffer one of these traumas, but if you do, there is going to be medical personnel who was in the medical war zone, either as a reservists, or who served in active duty and then retired and went into private practice in communities across the country. doctors tell us what they
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. victory over al qaeda is within reach. leon panetta touched down in cab kabul, afghanistan today. panetta is in afghanistan talks with president hamid karzai before the u.s. turns over security to afghan security forces. >>> a man described as a world messenger for peace, facundo cabral was gunned down in guatemala. guatemala's president's offices vows that cabral's killer will be brought to justice. >>> the last issue of the news of the world hits newsstands this afternoon. reporters may have hacked the voicemail boxes of thousands of people while chasing stories. >>> casey anthony will be free a week from tomorrow. but there are further signs her relationship with her mother may be fractured. a florida correctional official says casey refused to let her mother visit her in the orange county jail last night. anthony who was acquitted of murdering her little girl was sentenced to four years for lying to police, but she was given credit for time served. >>> last flight for the space shuttle "atlantis" busy checking for any signs of damage before it -- a beautiful launch yesterday. >>> inte
walsh, cnn, afghanistan. >>> top of the news this hour, a one new nation in the world, two big celebrations marking independence day. this is the flag of the now independent nation of south sudan, rising for the first time over the capital city of juba. the country is officially separate today after five decades of on and off civil war with the mostly muslim north. the same flag rising today in washington, d.c. over the new embassy of south sudan. >>> the man who won this year's dancing with the stars, well, he may have waltzed himself right into trouble with the dui ticket in atlanta earlier today. hines ward who is a star receiver for the nfl pittsburgh steelers, posted a $1,000 bond. his mug shot taken of him at the dekalb county jail. >>> royal couple will and kate are in california. they're being greeted by celebrities and local politicians. california's first couple gave the couple an ipad 2 loaded with california themed songs and movies. prince william is set to play polo this afternoon in santa barbara. >>> in washington, d.c., a call for peace from the dalai lama, the
troops on the fourth of july. we'll go live to afghanistan to see what our troops are thinking about this fourth of july so far from home. >>> she's just been named military spouse of the year. that's saying a lot. we'll talk to her live right after the break. >>> this is cw2 christopher holaday from washington. say hi to my family. an accident doesn't have to slow you down. with better car replacement available only with liberty mutual auto insurance, if your car's totaled, we give you the money for a car one model year newer. to learn more, visit us today. responsibility. what's your policy? ♪ you are my sunshine ♪ my only sunshine ♪ you makes me happy ♪ when skies are grey ♪ you'll never know, dear ♪ how much i love you ♪ please don't take my sunshine away ♪ [ male announcer ] as long as there are babies, they'll be chevy's to bring them home. ♪ is actually finding choices the whole family will love. five flavors of chex are gluten-free, including the honey nut flavor. and it's nice for me to be able to say "yes" to something that they want to eat. [ male announc
of defense, leon panetta. panetta arrived from afghanistan. iran is supplying weapons to extremists in iraq as they prepare to leave the country. panetta says he will not walk away from this challenge and urging iraq to crack down on the insurgents. troops were killed in june. three more in the first ten days of this month. a few hours after panetta spoke with u.s. troops, three rockets landed in the green zone in central baghdad, no casualties. >>> in texas, hundreds of people attended the funeral service today for a man who fell to his death at a texas rangers baseball game. 39-year-old shannon stone will be buried in his hometown of brownwood. a firefighter died thursday after falling 20 feet while trying to catch a ball for his 6-year-old son with him at the game. josh hamilton tossed a foul ball to the stands. he reached for the ball but lost his balance and crashed head first to a score board. the rangers have donated an undisclosed sum of money to help the stone family. >>> even though british tabloid "news of the world" printed the last issue on sunday, the scandal hitting rupert mu
in afghanistan marries the woman of his dreams, over the phone. when they couldn't get married in person, they found a way to make it happen thousands of miles apart. vote by texting 22360. text one for hacker tracker, two for grandny chases incident truder or three tore phone wedding. that will air in the next hour. >>> poker showdown, political game of chicken, hot mess. whatever analogy you prefer, the deadline to raise the country's debt limit is one week from today. still no plans. back to back tv speeches happened last night. you had president obama and house speaker john boehner squaring off or spending cuts and tax increases. >> how can we slash funding for education and clean energy. before we ask people like me to give up tax breaks we don't need and didn't ask for. >> the president has often said we need a balanced approach, which in washington mooedz means we spend more and you pay more. having run a small business, i know those tax increases will destroy jobs. the solution to this crisis is not complicated. if you're spending more money than you're taking in, you need to spe
than a hundred al qaeda operatives in afghanistan. i'm not sure how he got that number but a u.s. official is saying al qaeda's power has diminished. i think the most important evidence is look back at the past ten years. al qaeda hasn't killed a single american on u.s. soil since 9/11 and it's such an important reminder for our viewers in america who have been infused with fear about al qaeda the past ten years. >> you talk about this infused fear. every so often, many a times throughout the year, we hear about chatter. there is chatter out there. there is chatter we should be concerned. what exactly do you think that means? because we never seem to get a definition on what that so-called "chatter" is. >> reporter: yeah, i'm not sure what chatter is. i think as journalists we have been guilty of not asking the tough questions. we have never asked what is chatter? we have never asked u.s. counterterrorism officials to show us evidence of chatter. and i think that is because of the impact of 9/11. this was the greatest american tragedy in recent memory. it had huge impact on ame
be the most egregious example to date of widespread corruption in afghanistan. american taxpayer money, hundreds of millions of dollars, ending up in the hands of the taliban. a year-long u.s. military task force discovered that the money was siphoned from a $2 billion transportation contract to provide most of the supplies to american troops. a source with knowledge of the investigation has briefed cnn about how it all went down. we are joined now from the afghan capital, kabul. just tell us briefly, how did this happen? >> reporter: this is coming from an internal report, but basically what happened was trucking companies subcontracted out to local entities here, who then in turn subcontracted out to even more local providers. what happened was it turns out that some of those local, more local firms actually had some ties to nefarious elements, including the taliban. what we see here is a bulk of the transportation costs being filtered through some of these trucking companies and part of that money is actually ending up in the hands of the very individuals who are fighting nato force
significant death. this is a man who was the most powerful man in all of south afghanistan based out of kandahar an nothing happened in that entire region without him. he controlled the area for his brother, the president hamid karzai. it was really critical for the united states because they really depended on him for their ability to move forward with the anti-taliban campaign. they held their nos because this guy was corrupt dealing in the drug trade, although he denied the allegations but it was believed he was fueling the drug trade, as well as profiting from private security contractors as well. it is something that is going to worry the u.s. about the stability of afghanistan and of the region and it will benefit the taliban. >> zain verjee, definitely a story we will continue to keep following and see what impact it does have on politics there. of course, his brother, the president. >>> the man with a huge collection of presidential memorabilia apparently tried to add to it illegally. we will tell you what went down. >>> crew members from the international space station have
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in afghanistan to go on a blind date. we got all of the details! of prison on sunday she will walk into a lawsuit. texas search group is suing her for the money it spent looking for her missing daughter caylee. it wants $115,000, plus interest. the group says anthony allowed the search to continue for months even though she knew that caylee was dead. >>> the jurors who found casey anthony not guilty have run into their own problems. nasty looks on the street and hate mail and you name it. >> i've seen things on facebook probably from the. you're ignorant and should be ashamed of yourself, you let a murderer go free, et cetera, et cetera. you know? things like that. i just -- i don't want to read it. >>> our gary tuchman had a chance to talk with juror number 3 and he joins us live from orlando. she told you she agonized over this verdict, right, gary? >> reporter: no question about it, kyra. i thought one of the most fascinating things that jennifer ford told me we all remember defense attorneys after the verdict was reached celebrating in the bar and having champagne, you know? one of the defens
's biggest battle front, afghanistan. panetta arrived in the afghan capital yesterday, his first trip overseas in his new position as he succeeds long-time defense chief, robert gates. panetta said the u.s. is within reach of putting down al qaeda and keeping up the schedule of withdrawal for troops. >> we have a strategy that we have put in place. we are going to have once we do the initial draw-down. in december, we'll still have 90,000 troops that will be there for a year through the end of next summer. and then beyond that, we will have 70,000 troops that will be continuing the strategy and operation through 2014. and my goal is to make sure that we can continue the effort to establish greater security in this country. >> and cnn pentagon correspondent, chris lawrence, has more on panetta's trip to afghanistan and a look ahead to the coming week in military matters. chris? >> well, susan, leon panetta is on his first overseas trip as the new secretary of defense. visiting afghanistan this weekend. and back at home, change to a longstanding policy. in the past, troops who committed
al qaeda is within reach. leon panetta touched down in kabul, afghanistan, and he says that the terrorist group is on the run after the killing of its leader osama bin laden. he is in afghanistan for talks with hamid karzai ahead of turning over control of areas of afghanistan. >>> reporters at britain's "news of the world" have file their last stories and sunday's issue of the tabloid will be the last one. owner ruppert murdoch ordered the paper shut down. the tabloid became toxic when it was revealed reporters may have hacked the voice mail boxes of thousands of people while chasing stories. >>> casey anthony will be free a week from sunday, but there are further signs her relationship with her mother may be fractured. a florida correctional official says casey refused to let her mother visit her in the orange county jail friday night. anthony who was acquitted of murdering her little girl was sentenced to four years for lying to police but given credit for time served. >>> betty ford, one of the most beloved first ladies has died of natural causes. two services have
, fellow soldiers honor one of their own. he was lost in combat, in afghanistan. he was serving as an openly gay soldier. his parents are honoring his memory by fighting for same-sex marriage in minnesota. watch this. >> when you enter the military, you have to take an oath to protect and defend the constitution, and it protects the country against foreign and domestic enemies. the enemy here is intolerance, misinformation, bigotry, probably greed. so as a soldier, that is what he was fighting for. >> i'll talk to them. >>> and a lawmaker in the state who wants to outlaw gay marriage. plus -- >> harx, harx. the rochester new york woman videotaped for arresting police in our own yard gets the last laugh, but now she fears she's being targeted by the cops. those stories and much, much more, but first the news and a developing story. the former head of the international monetary fund is free from house arrest. dominique strauss-kahn left the manhattan townhouse where he had been staying. he was arrested in may for an alleged sexual assault on a housekeeper. but in recent days, the
in afghanistan, now his parents are picking up where he left off, challenging a minnesota state ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage. i'll talk to them and the man sponsoring the bill coming up. with your mortgage, want to avoid foreclosure. candy? um-- well, you know, you're in luck. we're experts in this sort of thing, mortgage rigamarole, whatnot. why don't we get a contract? who wants a contract? [honks horn] [circus music plays] here you go, pete. thanks, betty. betty: we're out of toner. announcer: if you're facing foreclosure, talk to the right people. speak with hud-approved housing counselors free of charge at... . >>> minnesota is shaping up as the next battleground in the same-sex marriage debate. voters next year will consider a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to define marriage as one man and one woman. the family of corporal andrew wilfahrt is adamantly opposed to it. their son, who was openly gay, was killed by an ied in afghanistan last february. i recently spoke with the wilfahrts about why gay rights has become so important to them. first listen to m
in their attempts to weaken government of afghanistan. a key advisor to karzai was killed today inside the home, his home by three attackers. a member of parliament also died in the attack. president karzai's half brother who was also a government official was assassinated less than a week ago. >>> also in afghanistan, general david petraeus pet will hand over command of nato troops monday to marine corps general john allen. petraeus is retiring from the army. president obama has chosen petraeus to be the next director of the cia. >>> hosni mubarak briefly slipped into a coma today before regaining consciousness. his condition is now stable. hosni mubarak has been hospitalized since april. this isn't the only health concern for the former president. >> we have to know about the situation is that hosni mubarak's health since he's been ousted from power is deteriorating. he's being charged here in egypt with crimes with regard to his rule of almost 30 years and cracking town on the uprising that started here on january 25th during an interrogation he apparently collapsed. he's suffering from complicat
happens now. >>> fellow soldiers honor one of their own lost in combat in afghanistan. he was serving as an openly gay soldier. his parents are honoring his memory by fighting for same-sex marriage in minnesota. >>> when you enter the military, you have to take an oath to protect and defend the constitution. and to protect the country against foreign and domestic enemies. the enemy here is intolerance, misinformation, bigotry, probably greed. so as a soldier, that is what he was fighting for. >> i'll talk to them and a lawmaker in the state who wants to outlaw gay marriage. plus this -- ♪ that will never ♪ ain't no one going to love you ♪ >> boy, looks like a great time. one of the biggest music events in the country is in full swing in new orleans. we'll take you live to the essence music festival. >>> i'm don lemon at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. a lot of news, let's get you caught up. a tragic holiday weekend for a family in indiana. one boy is dead, and his older stepbrother now faces a murder charge. police arrived at the home near martinsville on thursday. the 6-
americans don't want to hear. billions of dollars in your tax money is being wasted in afghanistan or worse. a new federal audit says that some of that cash may be funding, are you ready for this? the same insurgency that is killing americans. chris lawrence is at the pentagon. chris, give us the details. >> reporter: they are not good, kyra. this audit by the inspector general shows that ten years into this war, the u.s. only has limited visibility over billions of dollars once we send it to afghanistan. what that does is it leaves the money vulnerable to fraud and even worse, quote, being diverted to insurgents. how much money are we talking about here? the u.s. has spent about $70 billion in afghanistan security and development projects and the audit shows that as much as $10 million every day, maybe smuggled out of afghanistan. how does that happen? well, when afghan government officials leech the country, no one is checking how much cash they are carrying with them. and the audit shows that afghan officials have no intention at all of scanning their cash through those electronic curren
recipient to make it out of afghanistan alive. the army ranger took a bullet through both legs during a firefight. he still managed to fling an enemy grenade away from two other rangers -- from the other rangers. the grenade exploded taking off petri's right hand. >>> well, it is the scandal rocking one of the most powerful media empires in the world and it is getting bigger and even uglier today. two more of rupert murdoch's newspapers in great britain are being called out for allegedly breemping the privacy of everyone, from the former prime minister to the queen of england. murdoch himself along with his son and one of his top editors are being called by the british government to explain themselves. dan rivers, she in london. and, dan, tell us about this. it seems to go all the way at the top of newscorp. i understand we just lost dan. we're going it try to get back to dan as quickly as we can to bring you the very latest. i understand now we have dan. dan, can you hear me? dan? can you hear me? >> reporter: yes, i can hear you fine. >> dan, tell us about how high up this goes? we
into the fight for afghanistan today. he landed there hours ago promising to take the fight to al qaeda. he says since killing osama bin laden, quote, we have them on the run, end quote. panetta says by applying maximum pressure, we can cripple al qaeda as a threat to this country. >>> the dalai lama is in washington, d.c. today beginning a ten-day spiritual ritual. with thousands gathered on the west lawn of the u.s. capitol, the leader of the tibetan buddhism discussed the importance of individual peace of mind and offered a personal perspective. >> i lost my own freedom at the age of 16. then i lost my own country. a lot of difficulties and a lot of responsibilities. however, i think comparatively, i can sustain peace of mind. >> the chinese government is taking a dim view of the dalai lama's visit to the nation's capital. it dismissed him as a political exile engaging in tibetan separatist activities under the guise of religion. >>> and now off to london where the skandized "news of the world" tabloid is getting ready to shut its doors for good. the final edition of the best-selling tabloid
by gunmen who barged into his home in central afghanistan. there he is on the left meeting american commanders back in 2002 when he was a provincial governor. officials say the attackers also killed a member of afghanistan's parliament and conned security detail. this days after president karzai's brother was assassinated in kandahar. david, tell us about what's happening right here. >> reporter: hi, fred. just moments ago we spoke with both nato and afghan officials. this gun battle that has been raging since about 8:00 p.m. local time here in kabul continues. what we've learned is that afghan security forces are being led by afghan national police. now, this is significant because nato and part of the transition made it clear that they're intent on positions more and more authority toward afghan forces. today was actually the first day of the transition period to be extended over the next two years. what we see right now, the afghan national police taking the lead in this gun battle. as you said, at least three attackers entered the home of a key ally -- excuse me. key adviser to
of our top stories. a key adviser to afghan president hamid karzai and a member of afghanistan's parliament were killed today. at least three attackers entered the home of jan mohammed kahn, the former governor of one province. they killed him, his security detail and the parliament member. minutes ago i talked by phone with cnn's david ariosto in kabul. >> just moments ago we spoke with both nato and afghan officials. this gun battle that has been raging since about 8:00 p.m. local time here in kabul continues. what we've learned is that afghan security forces are being led by afghan national police. this is significant because nato and part of the transition made it clear that they're intent on positions more and more authority towards afghan forces. today was actually the first day of the transition period to be extended over the next two years. >> the taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack. >>> the murdoch phone hacking scandal in britain has claimed its first public official. just hours ago, britain's top cop suddenly resigned. his resignation comes on the same
attacks, in 2005 or the families of fallen soldiers in afghanistan, celebrities, royal family, murder victims, the list just goes on and on, it's and just kind of breathtaking some of the things that are alleged to have gone on. >> dan rivers for us today in london. appreciate you as always, thanks so much. >>> the royal newlyweds are wrapping up their trip through canada. next stop, the u.s. introducing the schwab mobile app. it's schwab at your fingertips wherever, whenever you want. one log in lets you monitor all of your balances and transfer between accounts, so your money can move as fast as you do. check out your portfolio, track the market with live updates. and execute trades anywhere and anytime the inspiration hits you. even deposit checks right from your phone. just take a picture, hit deposit and you're done. open an account today and put schwab mobile to work for you. >>> prince william and list new bride are wrapping up the ka that ian tour with a stop in calgary. they helped kick off the calgary stampede parade, one of the largest in the world and it is billed by the o
for more closely in the next day or two. >> thank you. >>> a drawdown of troops in afghanistan begins this month, and not only does that mean less troops in the frontlines, but three heavy hitters are moving on as well. >> yeah, obviously, you know, david petraeus moving over to the cia, and the retirements of defense secretary bob gates, and soon, you know, admiral mike mullen. it's a changing of the guard as well as ambassador karl eikenberry leaving. these are basically the men in the room. these are the people who have the president's ear when it comes to time to make decisions like do you go for a surge, or how many troops do you surge in and how many should come out. now there will be new faces around that table when these decisions get made. the war in afghanistan will take a turn as the new figures come into play, because the war which has been primary concentrated in the south for the last year or two, is now -- you will see a lot of shift to the east. not so much with u.s. troops, but a lot of assets, surveillance and recon suns, so the decisions that will be made over the n
the safety. >>> another gruesome story, this one is bad enough. an 8-year-old boy in afghanistan, the hanging -- he's been hang sfd. >> it is so sad and tragic. just the thought of it. the fact is that in helmand province there was a police officer and he was approached by insurgents and they asked him to hand over his police vehicle to supply them with the police vehicle. he said i'm not going to do that. they said, we're going to go after your son. they kidnapped his son and they hanged the 8-year-old and they killed him. the thing is that this raises again more questions in a country that's trying to establish its own autonomy. there are still intimidation factors in place, there's fear tactics for the average citizen to kind of back off. the thing is, hamid karzai came out, the president of afghanistan today, and he said -- he was really careful not to pin it on one group. he didn't say it was the taliban. he just called the killers terrorists. >> the drought in africa. horrific. >> this is an ongoing story for over a month now. imagine this -- like let's take the entire city of new york,
in order unassisted. >> the debt crisis is weighing heavily on the minds of u.s. troops in afghanistan. when joint chiefs chairman admiral mike mullen made an unnonsed visit to afghanistan, some soldiers asked about how the debt crisis would affect their paychecks. harry reid talked about the encounter on the senate floor. >> soldiers admiral mullen talked with weren't asking about military strategy or how a drawdown would affect them. they asked whether they would get paid if republicans force the united states to stop paying its bills. the reason that has been rocked by violence and plagued by suicide bombers, they wondered how they would take care of families if the checks stop coming next month. the troops also pressed mullen on how it would affect military operations. what is it going to take to find a solution to the debt crisis? wolf blitzer and don lemon break down the hurdles and options. don't miss get it done tonight 9:00 eastern only on cnn. >>> i'll be back in one hour from now with the latest from washington as negotiations continue to work out a debt deal before tuesday'
, and two wars, iraq and afghanistan that were not paid for, and a bad recession that somebody was responsible for creating. and if you listen to the republicans, they are saying 2 1/2 years of the obama administration and the enormous growth in spending, that's to blame. >> i heard the same thing you heard. it's clear that they won't use george w. bush's name anymore, because the american public has said the statute of limitations is up on that, you cannot blame your predecessor anymore, and he did go through that litany. he did make the case i am on the side of the american public and the republicans are on the wrong side of public opinion on this. 80% of the polls that we looked at showed 67% of the american public wants to get a deal that has both revenue and spending cuts. but when you look at the internals of those polls, they also show the republican party itself is with the republican leaders in saying no taxes. it's kind of a split in the republican party for sure, but the overwhelming number comes from when you add in independent voters and democratic voters. so the p
like libya, afghanistan. steny hoyer, the number two democrat in the house, he is more in line with the president. i think it is fair to say than nancy pelosi. >> that split within the democratic party is a challenge president obama has in rallying his own troops. i want to bring some breaking news on another story. the british media, including the bbc, reporting that former british prime minister, gordon brown, is going to be making a statement very shortly. he is claiming that his phone and bank account were hacked by the sunday times. that's another murdock newspaper. this is going to be a statement that he is making very shortly. it comes after, as you know, the news of the world, another murdock publication was discontinued for allegedly hacking phones and other private information from those who are celebrities and numerous other people who fell victim to that publication. now, another murdock publication, allegedly, hacking phone and bank accounts of the former prime minister, gordon brown. that is according to gordon brown and his office. he is going to be releasing tha
country, why? well, they've been active in afghanistan, had a deployment there for several years, active in the libyan air campaign, the cartoon issue. also, what we're finding in scandinavia is groups themselves are coming together from denmark, sweden, and norway, different ethnicities gathering and meeting in mosques, and they are adjacent -- they're local to norway, sweden, denmark. know where the targets are. and saying a man who lived in norway, head of a very radical sunni group from northern iraq who was prosecuted because he'd threatened norwegian ministers because he was going to be deported. he said, you deport me and i get killed in iraq, the same will happen to norwegian ministers. so they do have this fringe in scandinavian countries of islamist militants. >> when i have questions about terrorism here, i often come you and ask you, you know, who these people are, what's going on here. in terms of who might be behind this, who do you think? >> it could be a whole range of groups. but the point is that al qaeda is not so much an organization. it's more a spirit for these peop
of the president of afghanistan created a sudden power vacuum in the birthplace of the taliban. today karzai attended the funeral, and wally karzai was one of the most power fful men. they say the shooter was asleeper agent of the taliban. it was a very emotional day for president karzai. >> reporter: yes, it has been a very difficult day for the president of afghanistan today. today he buried a brother who was his staunches ali in the country, and he buried a brother. mr. karzai arrived for the funeral in a helicopter and was joined by thousands of mourners. he was openly crying during the ceremony. he climbed into his brother's freshly dug grave. he was joined at the grave site by power brokers and others. >> any new details on the taliban's claims that they were behind this? >> reporter: this murder still remains buried in mystery. it seems that that's not necessarily clear if the shooter was asleeper agent. a team of investigators have landed in kandahar to try and find out. many of his relatives and friends have been arrested, but with the two witnesses in this -- the two main witnesses
say, get those troops out of both afghanistan and iraq and just consider this and iraq, the month of june that has just passed was the most deadly troops in iraq in the last two years. even as that war supposedly winding down, still very deadly and lethal for u.s. troops, as is afghanistan, far from over. >> barbara starr at the pentagon. >>> bill clinton weighing in on the presidential campaign in a one-on-one interview with wolf blitzer. he asked clinton if he fr talks to president obama about re-elected. >> not a lot. he's got plenty to do. he's had to deal -- he's got the afghanistan problem, libya problem, a whole range of other issues. if they want me to do something, i talk. >> you wait for a phone call. >> absolutely. i don't think i should. he knows i support in general what he's trying to do. i'm out here trying to explain it to people, but he's got a good team. you know, i talk to gene sperling from time to time. >> he worked for you? >> he did. he's a good man. i talked to joe biden last week about some of these economic issues, but i think it's important, you know, no
in afghanistan. >> right past there, usually our patrols don't push too far past that. if you push too far past that, you'll take enemy contact. (screams) when an investment lacks discipline, it's never this obvious. introducing investment discipline etfs from russell. visit russelletfs.com r a prospectus, containing the investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information. read and consider it carefully before investing. unlike fish oil, megared softgels are small and easy to swallow with no fishy smell or aftertaste. try megared today. >>> cnn's in depth focus this week, the final mission of nasa's space shuttle program. "atlantis" is scheduled to lift off in a little more than 24 hours, 11:26 a.m. eastern on friday. big question about the weather, whether or not that will cooperate. our john zarrella is covering the launch at kennedy space center and he's talked with the crew. reynolds wolf is tracking the weather near kennedy space center. john, we'll talk about you first. tell us about the crew. are they ready? are they excited? >> reporter: this crew at one point didn't e
this morning. the taliban is taking responsibility. this is the latest in a series of attacks in afghanistan against the government. the brother of hamid karzi was killed earlier this month. >>> a source tells cnn the new york hotel made that accused strauss-kahn of sexual assault is meeting with prosecutors today. the alleged victim and her attorney arrived at the district attorney's office, and that happened earlier this morning. strauss-kahn is the former head of the international monetary fund. the status hearing in the case has been moved from august 1st until the end of the month. >>> the funding fight that threatens to keep memphis schools shut down could be resolved. it will take $12 million as a partial payment. that payment has to be made next week, three days before the school year starts. >> i think they should breathe a deep sigh of relief. absolutely. you know, they are going to start in service august 1st, and they will be paid for that, and they will put pressure on the city council to do what they need to do. >>> it has been a symbol of the pain and perseverance after 9/11,
. >> there's been a change of u.s. command in afghanistan today as well. general david petraeus leaving to become the cia director handed command of the afghan war to marine general john allen. allen served as a deputy at u.s. central command in tampa before getting that job in afghanistan. >>> in los angeles all back to normal. the 405 traffic was resumed. another typical morning commute. transportation workers closed that busy freeway this weekend to tear down a bridge. that whipped up talk of citywide gridlock, but carmageddon didn't happen. construction crews wrapped up work well before the rush hour deadline. >> i think people are a little spoiled, and they need to realize there's other ways to get around. >> i think it absolutely worked. i wish it could be an ongoing thing. >> thanks, ron. >>> when this flag returns again someday to earth by astronauts that came up on an american spacecraft, it's journey will not end there. the journey will continue. >> a little bit of history in space today. two hours ago astronauts shut the door between "atlantis" and the space station for one l
landed in afghanistan a short time ago. this is his first visit to the war zone as the nation's top military boss. panetta's trip points to the importance of afghanistan, especially with the troop drawdown beginning this month. panetta says the u.s. is within reach of defeating al qaeda altogether, saying, quote, we have them on the run. >>> in washington, a call for peace from dalai lama. the tibetan spiritual leader is speaking at this hour, right now, at an event called a talk for world peace. it is being held on the lawn of the u.s. capitol. >> try to create calm mind, peaceful mind. and then that creates within our own fabric, within our own community. that's the way to change society. >> spreading peace through change. the dalai lama is on an 11-day trip to washington. he then heads to chicago for two more speaking engagements. >>> "atlantis" is in the middle of its last trip to the international space station. the final space mission began yesterday with a flawless launch from the kennedy space center. the astronauts woke up today just before 4:00 a.m. eastern when mission co
now. a soldier's death in afghanistan is shrouded in mystery. few details are known, except he was part of the army's secret force. cnn's pentagon correspondent, barbara starr, though with the details. >> reporter: it was here in the mountains of eastern afghanistan that army master sergeant benjamin stevenson was killed on his tenth combat tour of duty. this is the only photo the army will release of the soldier from ft. bragg's army special operations command. the military will say little about his extraordinary record. but cnn has been told by military sources stevenson was a veteran of the army's deeply classified world of special operations forces, highly trained in counterterrorist assault missions, the army equivalent of the navy s.e.a.l.s who killed osama bin laden. on july 21st, stevenson and others helicoptered at night into the mountains. the target, a camp of foreign fighters. the americans quickly came under fire and returned fire, killing nearly 50 insurgents. but at dawn, two more waves of insurgent s attacked. the u.s. repeatedly brought in reinforcements. preci
to play, if you want us to pay, don. >> so, elise, how serious is this riff between afghanistan and islam bad? >> it's gradually decreasing. a lot for fit for tat and what is going to happen next now that the u.s. reduced this aid. what are the pakistanis going to do? the u.s. is already very concerned that it can't trust the pakistani military and the pakistani intelligence with the information they're giving them about the milmilitants. so, a big concern right now and you'll see a lot of the u.s. going it alone, such as these drone strikes. >> could this backfire and limit u.s. leverage over pakistan on counterterrorism cooperation? >> it certainly could, but things are pretty bad as they are. i think the calculation by u.s. officials is like they need to send the pakistanis a message that, listen, if you want to continue having u.s. support, u.s. assistance for a threat that you've acknowledged, you have on your borders, you're going to have to work with us and we're going to have to have more of a give and take and a trusting relationship. >> senior state department producer elise, th
a new success in their attempts to weaken the government of afghanistan. a key adviser to president hamid karzai, john mohammed khan, was killed inside his home today by three attackers. president karzai's half brother also a government official was assassinated less than a week ago. >>> in egypt, new signs that the health of hosni mubarak is deteriorating. the deposed president slipped into a coma today before regaining consciousness. hospital officials say his condition is now stable. mubarak has been hospitalized since april. the former strongman is said to be dealing with complications from cancer. he faces trial in august on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during egypt's revolution. >>> the health of venezuela's president is in doubt after hugo chavez flew back to cuba for cancer treatment last night. chavez says he'll receive chemotherapy as part of an aggressive treatment plan. he hasn't revealed what kind of cancer he has. president chavez spent less than a month in venezuela after an earlier trip to cuba. he is resisting calls to relinquish power. >>> is there
. in afghanistan assassins kill a second senior official in less than a week. he was a member of parliament and a key adviser to karzai. >>> minutes ago space shuttle atlantis closed its hatch. it's scheduled to land thursday sxend the final flight of the shuttle program. nelson mandela turns 93. south africans pay tribute to him by forming at least 67 minutes of volunteering, one minute for each mandela spent fighting for freedom in south africa. >>> a new casualty in the roux per murdoch's media scandal. one of scotland yard's top officers resigned. two years ago john yates ruled there was no re-open the investigation, and it was that botched decision that cost the job of britain's top cop. the head of the scotland yard stepped down amid public outrage yesterday. >> as commissioner i carry ultimate responsibility for the position we find ourselves in. with hindsight i wish we had judged some matters involved in this affair differently. i didn't, and that's that. >> cnn's dan rivers is in london where all eyes turn to tomorrow's testimony before lawmakers. tell us why. >> reporter: well, t
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